What happens when students teach project-based learning in science to each other?
Five high school seniors who call themselves WIN (Wolbachia in Nashville website) wanted to find out and their experience was stunning. This story begins with them - they all participate in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, a magnet school which uses project-based laboratory learning year round with select students from the Metropolitan Nashville High School. Here's what they set out to achieve in their own words.
"As our participation in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has promoted our interest in science, we hoped to share this enthusiasm with the students while also fostering their own personal development and outlook on science. We hoped that the students will feel comfortable asking questions and getting help from us because we are also high school students." Project Report Quote
"As the project progressed, we continually showed them how their results were applicable to the real-world, beneficial to the addition to scientific knowledge, and impactful on the scientific community. We made efforts to stress the validity of their participation in the project by paralleling their work with the Wolbachia project which is conducted not only on a national level but on an international level." Project Report Quote
Let's keep improving High School education with the help of our students. Here is a 23 minute video of the WIN students (apologies in advance for the shaky recording on my phone).